[Book Tags #8] The R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag

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Okay, so my good friend Salve from Cuckoo for Books tagged me to do the R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag. (Watch her entry here.) When I first saw this tag over at Christine’s Booktube Channel, I thought that this tag was only for booktubers. I mean, reactions would be a lot more legit if this was so, right? But it feels like a fun tag to do so I might as well join in on the fun. So, down below are the names of pairs that I got. By the way, I wrote 30 names, so I’m writing down 15 pairs. 🙂

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[Waiting on Wednesday #5] The Rose Society by Marie Lu

From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Remember the time I fangirled so hard over Marie Lu’s The Young Elites? Yeah, I loved that book! I actually believe that vengeance found in books are totally action packed and absolutely worth the hype! I am a big fan of anything as long as there is vengeance in it. I really don’t know why. Maybe because of all the past experiences that helped me become who I am today is why I love this theme. As much as I want to believe that I am a creature with a dark past, I’m disappointed to inform everyone that the only thing I have in common with Adelina is her worthless set of “friends”. Yeah, I have some of those too! But let’s move on, shall we?

This book continues with where The Young Elites ended. If you’ve read the first book, you would know that the title of this book, The Rose Society, is the group name founded by Adelina Amouteru. After her begrudging experience with the other malfettos, she decided to make a group where she is the leader, and no one could tell her what to do.

“I pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo other to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way.” – The Rose Society Induction Passage, written by Adelina Amouteru

I’m going to be honest. I actually forgot some points in the book, but I would happily re-read it in time for the release of the next installment.

The Rose Society is set to be released on October 13, 2015, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

What do you think of this book? Are you also a fan of Marie Lu? What is your favorite book by her? Sound off down below in the comment section!


[Book Tags #2] The Gossip Girl Book Tag

TAGSLast July 28, I created a book tag together with Miel of Bookish and Awesome, Kevin of Tomebound, and Salve of Cuckoo for Books. As you may have already guessed, we entitled it “The Gossip Girl Book Tag”. It actually started with a single tweet from Salve. Of course, with the instincts I have and my undying love for the TV show, I had to respond, and I had to make Salve know how much I adore Blair Waldorf.

Then a little later, some friends took notice of our online conversation and wanted in on this nostalgic book tag. Both wanting to participate and create the tag, Kevin and Miel jumped in on the action:

And after days of coordination with these awesome Gossip Girl fans, we have finally made a tag that’s perfect for bibliophiles AND fans of Serena Van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Chuck Bass, as well as the whole show.

If tagged, you just have to answer the following questions, which were all based from the characters appearances, and personalities. There’s a question for each character in the franchise. Please take note that there might be some spoilers along the way, and I apologize if you ever get spoiled. *gives virtual hugs*

Click on the titles of the books found in my answers and it will redirect you to the Goodreads page of said book.

  1. Serena Van der Woodsen – The “It” book of Young Adult Fiction – The “It” book of Young Adult Fiction as of now, in my opinion, is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. That book is all the rave lately. With a badass female Assassin for a protagonist, two swoon-worthy men who’s both had their eyes on the female lead from the start, and an impeccably magical world named Erilea, how can a reader possibly go wrong with this book?
  2. Blair Cornelia Waldorf – A book/character you love to hate We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book I really love to hate. For me, that book is the biggest let down of 2014. And it is really overrated. The writing was all over the place, the characters had slow development, and the protagonist, Cadence, seems like she doesn’t know what’s happening most of the time. But I LOVED the first page introduction and the major plot twist, though. (Sorry, fans!)
  3. Charles Bartholomew “Chuck” Bass – A roller coaster ride of a book/character – I have to go with Daniel “Day” Wing from the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. He has been through some of the worst moments of life in general. He witnessed the death of a loved one, he was literally experimented on by The Republic, and he went through some other shitty experiences, especially in Champion. But he came out on top of everything. “Hi, I’m Daniel.” Oh, excuse me while I cry my eyes out.
  4. Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald – A book cover eye candy – I’m definitely going for the covers of all the books in The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. Those books, for some, maybe laughable due to its story and “irritating” characters (which I highly disagree with), but you have to admit. The covers of those books are stunningly breathtaking. Come on. Give it some credit!
  5. Daniel “Dan” Humphrey – A book you think deserves more love than it gets – I have to go with The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. That is one of the most underrated books of all time. The story is great, the love story is good, the characters are not at all irritating, and a great story about familial love can be found in that little piece of treasure. I recommend it to everyone who loves Familial Contemporary! You won’t regret it.
  6. Jenny Humphey – A character that went through a drastic transformation, for better or worse – I think there is only one answer to this. Adelina Amouteru from Marie Lu’s The Young Elites is one of my favorite characters who went through drastic changes. The Young Elites is the first book in the series of the same title, and in under 355 pages, she went from being an outcast of a malfetto into a feared enemy of Kenettra. And it is with good reason. She’s like my spirit animal. You should read about her if you’re into books with vengeance, and pure evil. *insert evil laugh here*
  7. Vanessa Abrams – A book that doesn’t have a lasting impression – I’m gonna have to go with The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Calleti. That was one of the books with the slowest story pacing, and you know me. I hate it when a book is so dragging to read. The concept of the story was nice, but I felt like the writing style by the author was all over the place. Hmm.
  8. Lily Van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey – An OTP that could have been – I have to go with Juliette and Adam from The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. In the first book in the series, they were inseparable. They were madly in love with each other, but as the story progressed, I fell deeply in love with Warren. And so did Juliette. But I had such high hopes for them, you know? I was rooting for them but that ship sunk faster than the Titanic. So sad. 
  9. Georgina Sparks – A villain who’s killing it with villainyQueen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one of the most cruel villains I ever read about. She’s nasty, and yet, there’s something about her that makes me feel like she’s just misunderstood. But her deeds? Killing off her people just because they were “different”? That’s pure evil.  
  10. Dorotha Kishlovsky – A favorite sidekick character – My favorite sidekick character so far would have to be Sevro au Barca from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy. He’s a loyal friend and follower and he’s the type of sidekick that will follow you to the ends of the Earth just to prove to you that he is worthy of your trust and love.
  11. Ivy Dickens – A book you always mistake for something else – Hmm. I have to go with The Jewel by Amy Ewing. I once mistook it for another book in The Selection Series given it’s regal cover. I don’t know anything about it, and I am yet to read it, but I also know that the name of the main character is Violet Singer. Somehow, I really find this book purely similar to The Selection. 
  12. Lola Rhodes – A book/character you wanted to love more than you actually did – I would have to go with The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read the first two books in the series: Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm (Click on the links for my individual reviews) last June and July, and so far, I am not loving it. It’s not a bad read, but I find the pacing of the story incredibly slow, and you know how I hate slow-paced stories. But what’s making me want to hang on to it is because I’ve met the author, Leigh Bardugo last June, and she’s such a lovely person. I don’t know if you guys get it, but I really wanted to love that trilogy!
  13. Prince Louis GrimaldiA Prince-Charming-turned-A-plus-jerk characterJesse Cain from Christine Brae’s The Light in The Wound duology is a perfect match for this one. He was a darling during the first parts of The Light In The Wound. He loved the main lead, and he genuinely cared for her, but as the story progressed, he turned out to be a complete jackass. Which was so sad, since I really really liked him!

And that’s that! I had the best time answering the questions that were made through the combined efforts of my co-bloggers. They were very enthusiastic and cooperative with this tag that it makes me want to do more with them! Here’s to hoping for more book tags!

And I will be tagging the following people to do this tag as well:

Also, you might want to wait for my friends’ answers as well! They’ll be posting towards the end of the week!

I can’t wait to read your answers! And I hope everyone enjoys the tag that we excitedly created!


[Waiting on Wednesday #1] My Top 6 Most Anticipated Books

WOWI’m coming up with another list, you guys! And today, I’m sharing my top 6 most anticipated releases of the year!

2015 really gave birth to quite a number of new novels, and it launched the career of a few authors as well. To name a few, novels like The Night We Said Yes, Last Year’s Mistake, More Happy Than Not, and Emmy & Oliver (which are all in my TBR waiting to be read) are all released this year. And authors like Lauren Gibaldi, Gina Ciocca, Adam Silvera, and Robin Benway were all discovered this year as well.

And 2015 isn’t just the year for new novels and authors. It’s also the year where a few sequels get their release. The Heir, P.S. I Still Love You, Golden Son, just to name a few, were all released this year as well.

Now to give my readers few ideas as to what books I’m waiting for as 2015 slowly progresses, here are my top 6 most anticipated reads for the rest of 2015.

#6: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Last year, I was able to read The Young Elites. What got me hooked up with the story is the character, Adelina Amouteru, and her buring passion to be accepted and just to fit in. But everyone wronged her. Her family left her for dead. Her friends betrayed her. And now, on this fully-hyped sequel, Adelina will seek revenge. With just that blurb, I am already really stoked! This book is set to be released by October 13, 2015.

#5: Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

“This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.” — This is the blurb that I found on Goodreads as I stumbled upon this book. With just that single statement, my curiosity got the best of me, and I had to read the rest of the synopsis. In a nutshell, it’s about love, friendship, and IT HAS AN LGBT CHARACTER. Okay, I’m in! This book is set to be released by September 8, 2015.

#4: The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

After the war with the Mogadorians, humans are (according to my theory) now granted legacies! Although Setrakus Ra, the pure evil of an antagonist seems to be another step closer to gaining victory, we all know that our favorite members of the Garde will stop at nothing to swoop in and save the day (Wow! That sounded like a blurb for a cartoon show.) This book is set to be released by September 1, 2015.

#3: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

This is an interesting choice for me because: 1. I haven’t quite read any mystery novels since I became a full time bibliophile and; 2. It’s a contemporary novel, and yet, I don’t think it has romance in it. But when I saw this from and Epic Reads Magazine given to me last July 5 for the #KMRinPH book signing event, for some reason, my interest just twitched! I don’t know why, but I feel like this mystery novel will be the book that will hook me up with the Mystery genre. This book is set to be released by September 22, 2015.

#2: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

According to the blurb from Goodreads, this novel will focus on Willow Dean, a self proclaimed fat girl with a beauty queen for a mother. And everything was fine, until he falls in love with a former jock named Bo, who seems to like him back. But somehow, along the way, she loses her self confidence and in efforts to bring it back, she joins a local pageant! Well, personally this novel got me with only the cover. And my liking this book actually started out as a joke from one of my book friends, Cedie. He kept on teasing me, kept on telling me that this novel seemed perfect for me. And well, after a few days of reflection, I actually agreed. And now, I can’t wait for the release of this book. It is set to be released by September 15, 2015.

#1: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Okay… I am going to be a hundred percent honest… Obviously, I’ve only read the first book in the series, Throne of Glass. But seeing how I loved that book, I can’t wait for more from the series to be released! Keep on writing those Throne of Glass novels, Sarah! Just keep them coming! And no, I’m not elaborating as to why I’m waiting for the release of Queen of Shadows. Why, you ask? It’s because I don’t want to be spoiled. However, this book is set to be released by September 1, 2015.

And that concludes this post! Tell me, what are your thoughts on my most anticipated reads of the year! Did you find a title that seemed to fit your liking? Tell me all about it! 🙂


[Stacking The Shelves #1] 2014 Edition

So, I would like to start this post with a greeting. Happy New Year, everyone! I wish you all the books you want (and need). Make this your book year by reading books, talking to other people about it, and just be awesome. 🙂

So as some of you may already know, this little blog of mine just started this September. There’s not much posts in here, and as 2015 continues, I hope to write more reviews and lots of other bookish thoughts that others can relate to. There’s nothing I want more than to give other bookworms worldwide several glimpses of what’s in my mind. And what better way for me to achieve that than by giving everyone a peek into my bookshelf. Right? 2014 was the year that my whole bookshelf was actually constructed. Although I started collecting last 2013, I became more of a book reader on 2014. Below are some pictures of the books in my bookshelf and some details (left to right sequence).

Shelf 1 Row 1Red Rising by Pierce Brown – 839.00Php. Paperback.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – 648.00Php. Hardbound.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – 720.00Php. Hardbound.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan – 299.00Php. Paperback.

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover – 595.00Php. Paperback.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – 595.00Php. Paperback.

Mayber Someday by Colleen Hoover – 595.00Php. Paperback.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 529.00Php. Paperback.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 425.00Php. Paperback.

Eleanor & Park (Collector’s Edition) by Rainbow Rowell – 900.00Php. Hardbound.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – 599.00Php. Paperback.

Shelf 1 Row 2

Burn for Burn Trilogy Boxed Set by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian – 1,945.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – 684.00Php. Hardbound.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – 665.00Php. Hardbound.

Legend Trilogy Boxed Set by Marie Lu – 2,155.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

Shelf 1 Row 3Divergent 4-book Boxed Set by Veronica Roth – 1,999.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

Wonder Boxed Set by R.J. Palacio – 1,299.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love, Catherine by Alex Gonzaga – 175.00Php. Paperback.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux – 435.00Php. Paperback.

Shelf 1 Row 4We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – 539.00Php. Paperback.

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti – 349.00Php. Paperback.

My True Love Gave To Me by 12 Authors – 855.00Php. Hardbound.

The Heroes of Olympus Boxed Set by Rick Riordan – 3,999.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

Shelf 1 Row 5Just One Day by Gayle Forman – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman – 495.00Php. Paperback.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman – 420.00Php. Paperback

Where She Went by Gayle Forman – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – 349.00Php. Paperback.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – 349.00Php. Paperback.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – 720.00Php. Hardbound.

The Selection & The Elite Boxed Set by Kiera Cass – 699.00Php. Paperback Boxed Set.

The One by Kiera Cass – 349.00Php. Paperback.

Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Shelf 1 Row 6

The Fault in Our Stars (Collector’s Edition) by John Green – 900.00Php. Hardbound.

Paper Towns by John Green – 760.00Php. Hardbound.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – 360.00Php. Paperback.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – 350.00Php. Paperback.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – 329.99Php. Paperback.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – 749.00Php. Hardbound.

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey – 695.00Php. Hardbound.

And there you have it, book nerds! You are officially updated with the contents of my bookshelf! 2014 was indeed the year of many book hauls! Check out all the books I bought last year posted on my Instagram account:

2014 Bookhaul

(Oh, and go ahead and follow me on Instagram). 🙂

Thanks for ever visiting my blog last 2014! Continue to follow my book journey this 2015, okay? I love you all, book nerds! ♥